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Scotland Slowly, Day 5

Skye: Sing Me a Song of a Lass That Is Gone

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Hello Friends,
Let’s begin with yesterday afternoon and evening. Joe spent most of the afternoon napping. I spent a large part of the afternoon on deck with several other passengers, chatting and watching the sea go by, along with a small whale or two and some dolphins.

At dinner, Joe and I sat with several other passengers who turned out to be a great deal of fun. We heard lots of very interesting stories of travel adventures, including:
• A man who accidentally crashed his motorcycle into a couple of bears and then spent several hours being transported, by helicopter, to the nearest hospital.
• A man who visited the Soviet Union with his family in 1968.
• Another man who went to Hanoi for work and had to exchange a $100 bill each week for two shopping bags full of the local currency.
• A woman who had to have titanium bolts inserted into her spine, and was pleased to learn that it didn’t cause any problems getting through airport security.

At some point in the storytelling, one of the men looked at us and asked us to share a story. We felt a little unprepared to match the tales that had been shared, but we still managed to entertain our fellow dinner companions.

Today, we woke with the Isle of Skye just outside the window, on a beautiful day—mostly sunny and around 60. A bit breezy, but that was good as it would keep the midges away.

Like yesterday, Joseph and I signed up for the Advanced Hike of the morning, which meant that we were among the first passengers to disembark onto the Zodiacs. Because the ship had to be moved to our “plan b” location, the whole process started a little later than expected.

Our hike on Skye offered stunning views of the island, with its mountains, streams, and lochs. We hiked along one of the lochs closest to where we came ashore. We saw a few red deer along the way, along with a lot of rocks, heather,ea2f1b30-9759-11e9-8483-6fb3761ce3aa.JPGDSC_0505.JPGDSC_0500.JPGDSC_0599.JPGDSC_0614.JPG and deer poop.

And, then it was time to turn around and head back. That’s when those of us who had failed to bring a snack started to suffer, learning the Scottish word of the day the hard way, “Blak Fantan,” the state of being very hungry.

We finally got back to the ship and had a late lunch. And then we went to one of the talks of the afternoon, given by the Nikon rep on board.

Now it’s time that I take a wee nap, before the evening events begin (briefing, reception, dinner, etc.).

Random fact of the day: Sunset tonight is at 10:24 pm.


Posted by ORWAT 07:56 Archived in Scotland Tagged scotland skye slowly

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Excellent pictures! And as you can tell, I can now comment. We had a lovely dinner with Margaret last night. Enjoy your late, late nights!

by Laurie Osborne

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